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Since air ducts are hidden, we can’t tell what’s inside of them. What’s out of sight is out of mind, and many home and business owners forget about the importance and value of having their HVAC air ducts cleaned regularly. Duct cleaning is crucial for the health of all who breathe the air that passes through it.

For people with allergies or respiratory illnesses of any type, duct cleaning is probably a part of their regular yearly schedule because they have seen the benefits and consider it very important for their health. Now is the time, with a New Year upon us, to make it a priority.

Have you ever looked in the direction of a window or glass door in your home and noticed the light shining on all the floating dust particles? If you shook a blanket out against that same natural light, you would notice all the dust flying off into the air.

It’s easy to forget about that dust in the air you breathe and accumulating on surfaces you touch if you aren’t looking for it. That “dust” is made of mostly human dander (and pet dander if you have pets) but also contains harmful contaminants embedded in it as well.

One of the immediate benefits of a professional air duct cleaning is eliminating the dust, pollutants and contaminants from the air duct system and certain parts of your HVAC equipment. HVAC systems are enclosed and contain a certain amount of natural moisture, which can also be a perfect place where mildew might grow.

The right conditions, especially in the humid South, can produce a high level of mold and mildew, causing bacteria and viruses to spread easily. Cleaning also removes other undesirable things we can’t see, such as insects, vermin feces, and even trash or items dropped through vents.

Beyond the health benefits of having your duct work cleaned regularly is the reduction of dust build-up and HVAC system efficiency. You will notice a decrease in dust since your system will be clean and won’t be recirculating particles through the air. Buildup inside the air ducts is also removed, allowing air flow inside the HVAC system to be restored, making your system use less energy and increase efficiency.

Choosing a local, professional and experienced company will provide peace of mind and security in knowing that the air you breathe is safe and clean, and that your HVAC unit is inspected and in its best working order.

Dave Miller, owner of Superior Services, has been providing residential and commercial HVAC services in the Lowcountry for 20 years. gotosuperior.com